Here are four key points from Lijnders as he previewed the latest clash at Kirkby:
No rush for the Reds
The Reds are entering a period where they will play three games in the space of six days, on any year it’s an issue but it’s even more so amid a number of Covid cases.
And while a firm supporter of everything the Premier League is, Lijnders stressed the needs to respect recovery to protect and maintain the quality of the game we all love.
“We love to work in England and we love the Premier League: the intensity, the quality of opposition, the intensity of playing every three days.
“But we all have to respect recovery. If you want a quality game it is important that the players don’t accumulate fatigue.
“For example, if our players accumulate fatigue they make not as quick decisions, they are not as brave, not as creative, not as spontaneous – we will play the ball to the side.
“The quality of the game goes down the more fatigue there is, a Premier League player needs 72 hours to recover.”
Few could have said it better!
Prepare for a strong Leicester team
The Foxes have been hit by Covid and injuries but Liverpool are preparing for a strong team and a stern test at Anfield nevertheless.
“We prepare for a strong Leicester team, a typical Brendan Rodgers team: open up the pitch, wants to have the ball, be in the opposition half and technicians in the centre and speed on top.”
A place in the semi-final awaits the winner and it could be for a single game with the two-legged tie under question due to the pandemic.
Opportunities for youngsters make for healthy club
The intensity of the schedule in addition to Covid cases makes it so that youngsters will have a role to play against Leicester, but it’s nothing new for Liverpool.
“One of our ideas inside the club, for a healthy club, is to have a proper inside pathway, that academy has a chance to improve the club.
“That is why we construct our squad and give so many young players opportunities. Think we had five Liverpool debuts this year in the League Cup.
“That’s healthy, that’s what we want because we have the talent but we want to give them the opportunity to grow inside the club and it will create new players.”